19 September 2010

new military-oriented radio from redsun

I periodically search eBay for shortwave radios, and I just noticed an interesting new product from Redsun. The Redsun RP007 is a portable, digitally-tuned radio with AM (522 - 1620 or 520 - 1710 kHz), FM (66 - 108 MHz), and SW (3000 - 30000 kHz). The eBay listing I looked at describes this radio as having been designed for the Russian military. It claims that the radio is especially durable and tolerant of environmental conditions, and the product photo shows a camouflage front panel.

The price and shipping cost from China make this item too expensive to buy on a whim, but I'd like to know more about this new product. Are its radio circuits derived from the RP2100? Should I buy one now and keep it available for my eventual survival shelter? Could it be a better radio than the Eton E5/Grundig G5? Will a North American distributor eventually offer this item?